A day after being named a first-team All-American by CBS Sports, Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield was named the Big 12 Conference Preseason Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team selection by the conference.
Hield averaged 17.4 points per game last season to lead the league, which included an 18.5-per-game average during conference play. He also led the conference in 3-pointers made and helped lead Oklahoma to a second-place tie in league play.
Rico Gathers (Baylor), Georges Niang (Iowa State), Perry Ellis (Kansas) and Isaiah Taylor (Texas) were also on the first team
Hield decided to return to Oklahoma for his senior season instead of leaving for the NBA Draft. He is one of four three-year starters in the lineup this season for Oklahoma, which is expected to compete for a Big 12 championship and make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
In his three years at Oklahoma, Hield has seen a rise in his scoring average each season. He ranks 15th in OU history in points (1,366) and fifth in 3-pointers (202). He needs just 57 3-pointers to tie the school's all-time record. He has made at least 90 in each of the past two seasons.